Known for their minute and impressive detail, Mercator models are amazing!… Here we have the first of Ballin’s trio … the Imperator. The Kaiser was so impressed with the ship … he saw to it that the social hall had his bust displayed prominently. The model shows the Imperator very early in life … with the bow eagle and super tall funnels. The eagle lasted on a few voyages .. and the funnels were shortened in her first refit. Excellent condition!